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Sharjah Gaels

Our very own Miriam Reynolds is excited to be spending her summer with Uganda Volunteers Foundation (www.uvfo.org) which works primarily to support single mothers and their children, through the provision of basic housing needs, education, medical care and economic development. As a non-profit agency, UVF relys on donations ..hence the support of clubs like ourselves can mean soo much. Miriam has left a donations box in each of the bars in Wandys and they will be there for the next couple of days… No donation too big or small..even the change from your pint – every little helps.
All money raised will be given directly to the charity by Miriam herself and will be hugely appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Niamh Donnelly

Would highly recommend anyone interested in volunteering to contact Evalyn Rhoda Uvf. Opportunities in education/ childcare/ community development/ women empowerment and more. Work being done in the community by Eva and the team is inspiring. 🙌

Spread the word – more volunteers are always needed and it is a very rewarding experience!

 

Katie de Buitiméir

Hi everyone,
We are setting up a go fund me page to try and raise money to finish a building in an orphanage in Uganda we were working in.  The orphanage is called Entebbe Road Primary School and is home to 150 underprivileged orphans from the ages of 3 to 12 years old.

After each one of us bonded and fell in love with these bright, bubbly children we want to do everything we can to help them. Funds are really low in the school and it’s barely surviving. Food and clean water are a struggle and the children are sleeping on hard, cold floors.  These kids are trekking up a mountain to get dirty water, they are weak, barely clothed and suffering from malnourishment.

UVF is the organization we were working with and have done everything in their ability to help these children survive.  They are a young, small organization having only begun in 2013. They have begun farming projects, making and selling jewelry, and fundraising both locally and through facebook but they need all the help they can get.  That is why we would like to help them tackle one area and give these kids a place to sleep at night.

Both founder and father of the school Samuel and his loving wife Sarah have opened their doors to any child in need. Due to this, the school’s numbers have grown rapidly in recent years and space is in shortage. I have uploaded photos of the two dormitories the children now have. The boys’ dormitory holds roughly 10 bunk beds sleeping 70 boys, while the girls’ dorm holds 12 beds, sleeping 80 girls.  Five children are sharing a bed and the rest are sleeping on floors night after night.  There is also a photo of the new dormitory that UVF have started building. They do not have sufficient funds to buy bricks, roofing and servicing to finish it.  We are looking to raise 10,000 Euro to finish this building and give these children enough space to get a good nights sleep as fast as possible. This dormitory is only a small step but will help to give these children a chance at a better life. Please donate any bit you can and it will go toward giving these kids a bed, blanket, and a roof over their head like every child deserves.  All it takes is click ‘Donate now’, enter your details and choose however much you would like to donate. Thank you all for taking the time read this and feel free to visit UVF’s page on facebook to see more photos and information about this school and the kids.  UVF are always looking for volunteers and any help given. They couldn’t have been more friendly or have given us a better time so we would be more than happy to answer any questions.

MilesAstray

I spent the remainder of my Uganda days in Entebbe and visiting a local non-profit, UVF, in Kitende near Kampala. The project tries to improve the lives of single mothers and local kids, many of which are orphans. I’ve worked with non-profits throughout Latin America, Asia and Africa, but had never encountered one in such desperate need of funds. The living conditions within the community are literally dirt-poor. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to volunteer with the organization and get a better insight, so I contributed some photos and consulting instead. If you’re interested in volunteering, you should get in touch with Eva, who’s in charge of the organization:

http://www.uvfo.org/

Sandy Bevan

Our next major project for Uganda Volunteers Foundation is Education for All. There are 70 children from the Kitende community that are currently not in school, but they desperately want to go to be educated. With the kind support of Entebbe road primary school, we are commencing weekend classes for the children. The school is allowing us use of their classrooms free of charge, and although under resourced, is opening the doors to educate needy children.

So how can you help? We looking for volunteers who can give up some time on a Saturday to teach Primary aged students. The main focus will be on literacy. The classes are likely to be large, with around 35 students. If you are not a teacher but would like to help as an assistant you are also welcome.

We also desperately need donations of scholastic materials such as pencils, notebooks, paper, chalk. Please help if you can. Lessons start on 17th September.

 

Sandy Bevan

A huge thank you to the many people who have donated goods and money to the Uganda Volunteers Foundation. Through your suppport we have now completed the home for Robinah and her family, and we carried out a very successful medical outreach event. We will be holding more medical outreach programs in the near future and I will be in touch with those of you have already kindly offered your help.

Our next major project is Education for All. There are 70 children from the community that are currently not in school, but they desperately want to go to school. With the kind support of Entebbe road primary school, we are commencing weekend classes for the children. The school is allowing us use of their classrooms free of charge, and the Principal has also offered heavily discounted school fees for any children from the community. The school itself is under resourced, but is opening its doors to educate needy children. With the support of the Paint Factory, the classrooms will be receiving a much needed facelift.
So, how can you help? To sponsor a child for one year to attend school costs $320 USD inclusive of all costs: tuition, uniform, school supplies and school lunch.
For the weekend school, I am looking for volunteers who can give up some time on a Saturday to teach Primary aged students. The main focus will be on English language and literacy. For this you will need to be a qualified teacher. The classes are likely to be large, with around 35 students. If you are not a teacher but would like to help as an assistant you are also welcome. We also desperately need scholastic materials, pencils, notebooks, paper, chalk.

Please let me know if you can support us in any way. Thanks in advance, Sandy

Sandy Bevan

Yesterday I had one of the most uplifting days of my life, visiting Sure Prospect School with the Uganda Volunteer Foundation.
(http://www.uvfo.org) The school is very inclusive, and out of a total of 502 students, 170 have a disability. The video clip and pictures I’m posting give you an idea of what the school is like-please take a look. We took the children some fresh fruit- they don’t eat fruit otherwise. In the clip, you will see one girl helping her friend, to eat a banana. This girl, Evelyn, is blind- and so when she needs someone to “see” for her, such as moving around the school, it is her friend Saida, born without arms, who guides her. All of the children are so amazing and beautiful, but need help. Some are orphans, some have been left at the school by their families and simply forgotten. They have so little in the way of basic classroom equipment, but they are so happy to be in school. When I asked the 20 students in the special needs class what they would like, they asked for exercise books and pencils. The boys asked for a football. Evelyn and Saida in the clip both asked for a doll- Evelyn asked for a doll that looks like a ‘real’ white person, with eyes……..and Saida asked for a doll, and a watch. I’m going to make sure they get them, that the boys get a football, and that all students have basic stationery.
I’m truly honored to be a part of the UVF. They are helping the most needy and vulnerable, they do it in their spare time, they fund the running of the office and all the associated costs, themselves- internet, telephone, stationery, electricity. The office also acts as a drop-in centre for the families- you can see it in the pictures. You’ll also see the donations of toys, clothing, shoes etc that we’ve started to receive- anything donated is so gratefully received. Thank you so very much to those that have already donated.
Our fundraising for the shelter for the homeless family is coming along, a little slower than I’d hoped. I am disappointed with the reaction to the gofundme- unfortunately there is mistrust of anyone who is not a muzungu (white person) as though it is a scam. But we’ll just keep trying….so please donate if you can. Thanks.
I will keep posting regularly- I’ll be with the group most weekends, and once we procure a tent and some chairs or a rug, I will be helping to run the Saturday school for the kids who aren’t currently being educated.
Watch this space……. xxx

 

Sandy Bevan

Dear all,
I have started volunteering with a group called the Uganda Volunteers Foundation. They are working tirelessly to improve the lives of local families, and rely entirely on donations to carry out their wonderful work. Currently they have a number of projects, one of the most urgent is to add a roof and door to finish a shelter for a homeless single mother and her three children, and pay for surgery for two children, a one year old who has a club foot, and another for a 13 year old girl who was recently hit by a car. I am also looking into starting a Saturday school for those children currently not attending school, at least to promote basic literacy skills.
It really is confronting to find a families of six living in a room of approx 4 sq m with no electricty and running water, kids in rags, no shoes, not in school….most are single mothers whose husbands have abandoned them and run off with other women. Then there are others such as the grandmother who is raising her three grandchildren after their parents were killed in a car accident. She takes in washing from the local “rich” people to try and earn enough to send the kids to school.
More details will follow- this is advance notice that I’m going to be asking for any help and ideas- I’m particularly thinking about gofundme to perhaps raise money for the operations, but any other ideas you have are very welcome.
Watch this space…….you won’t have any choice BUT to ….xxx

 

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